Predictions to sports like breweries to Fort Collins

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Jan 302003
 
Authors: Jon Ackerman

Predictions are sometimes about as accurate as Ozzy Osbourne playing darts, Homer Simpson playing the roadside Olympics after Moe’s and me playing beer pong after playing beer pong.

Yet we seek them as often as we do an American Idol, a filthy-rich spouse and a reason to party. They make for irrelevant conversation – why they’re so much a part of sports – and we can’t get enough of them.

For example, what is the point of coming out with brackets in January for the men’s NCAA Tournament? Aside from some scribe not having enough college basketball reporting to do, it allows those knowledgeable of the subject to rant incessantly until a better topic comes up.

It works. One of my roommates told me about some guy with ESPN making out a tournament bracket, placing teams where they would be if the season ended today. The guy had Utah as a No. 5 seed and Kansas a No. 7 seed. The discrepancy allowed my roommate and I to come up with countless reasons why we know way more about Mountain West basketball than this guy, until a better topic came up: what was for lunch.

Now, I’ve never heard of this guy who came up with the seeds, but you see, sometimes it doesn’t even matter who the source may be. We just want someone’s opinion on what will happen, considering seeing the future is a power only a select few of us claim to have.

Yet we do think other people could have the power. For example, on Wednesday, CSU head football coach Sonny Lubick will announce his recruiting class of 2003. As sure as smokers getting cancer, he will be asked one or all of these questions:

“How does this class compare to others?”

“Who will make the most impact next year?”

“Why do you stay at CSU when you would have a whole lot easier time recruiting if you went to one of the many ‘power conference’ schools that have extended offers?”

You see, right there, I make my point. Here I am trying to talk about sports, and I can’t even go one column without making predictions. But by no means do I think I have visions of what’s to come (other than when I see girls at a bar hitting on the football team), yet it makes for a conversation piece when I act like I do.

And it fills the sports pages, TV shows, radio spots and Web sites of our superpower-less nation.

Boy, don’t I feel as cool as Winterfresh when I say the CSU men’s hoops team this year will be as similar to last year’s squad as a dentist’s office and the dumpster behind a fraternity house – and then it happens. And I feel like a million bucks when I spout off that Marcus Houston should ram it up a hippie’s ass by transferring to CSU – and then it happens.

Granted, though, I felt as dumb as Winona Rider after I said Shannon Sharpe returning to Denver was the best thing to happen to us since free samples at breweries because he’ll put Brian Griese in his place – and then things didn’t go the way I hoped. And I was ready to spend the night with my toilet after I came up with some drinking game for last year’s Super Bowl that made you drink 14 times every time New England scored against St. Louis because I thought St. Louis would score as often as Wilt Chamberlain – and then things didn’t go the way I hoped.

But hey, you win some and you lose some. Without predictions, you don’t have sports.

And without sports, you don’t have people that can cause entire cities to stand up and cheer as often as the audience at President Bush’s State of the Union address.

Jon is a senior journalism major and the Collegian sports editor.

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Rams take show on the road

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Jan 302003
 
Authors: Joshua Pilkington

With 18 games and 13 home victories under their belt, the Rams of CSU men’s basketball are ready to take their high-scoring show on the road.

The Rams (13-5, 2-1) travel to San Diego to take on the Aztecs (11-6, 2-2 Mountain West Conference) of San Diego State University Saturday at 7 p.m., followed by a game against UNLV (12-5, 1-3) Monday night in Las Vegas.

For the Rams, the challenge will be figuring how to make their conference-leading 78.4 points per game and 51.7 field goal percentage stand up away from Moby Arena.

“Our team is better now than it was the last time we were on the road,” said head coach Dale Layer, whose Rams haven’t played a road game since a 92-73 thumping at the University of Colorado Jan. 7. “That is the next hurdle for this team.”

In San Diego, the Rams will face a tough Aztecs team looking to rebound from back-to-back conference losses to Brigham Young and New Mexico last week.

“We are on a two-game skid,” said San Diego State head coach Steve Fisher in a press conference Wednesday. “We have to find a way to beat a very good, confident Colorado State team on Saturday. But I’m excited; we’re coming back home and looking forward to a big crowd that is pro-San Diego State.”

In the contest the Rams will try to use all their offensive weapons – including double-figure scorers Matt Nelson (14.9 points per game), Brian Greene (13.6), Ronnie Clark (13.3) and Andy Birley (11.6) – to keep the Aztecs guessing.

“They have a multitude of ways they can hurt you offensively,” Fisher said. “Initially you say stop Birley and Greene, and you look at the Wyoming game and Matt Nelson had 27 points, 11-of-17 from the field.”

Though the team has been shooting well from the field, it has been free-throw shooting that has hurt the Rams, especially in Saturday’s game against Wyoming when the Rams missed eight of 18 free throw attempts en route to a 79-77 loss.

“Free throws were a big part of (the loss),” Layer said. “We didn’t have guys step up and make the big free throws.”

Thus far in conference play, the Rams are averaging an uncharacteristic 52 percent from the line, and to end a three-game losing streak to San Diego State the team knows it needs to better that number.

“We’re in a little funk right now shooting free throws,” Greene said. “It might be fatigue, but we’re a good free throw shooting team, so I know we’ll get it back.”

At the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, the Rams face a UNLV team that is determined to prove it is better than its 1-3 conference record.

The Runnin’ Rebels won their first conference game Monday at The Pit in New Mexico, overcoming a 40-point effort from Lobos guard Rueben Douglas to win 75-66.

A road win against UNLV, who is 9-2 at home this season, would be big for a Rams team looking to nudge its way in to postseason play for the first time since 1998-99.

“We just have to focus on what we have to do and not worry about being on the road,” said sophomore forward Matt Williams. “I think we have matured enough to take our game on the road.”

Fisher and company should get a good taste of that maturity Saturday.

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Rams ready for last meet of regular season

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Jan 302003
 
Authors: Joelle Milholm

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It is the last meet of the season. A win secures a solo second place finish. And it is against border-rivals, Wyoming. It just does not get any better than that.

CSU is currently 5-1 in conference and 7-4 overall, and compares favorably to the Cowboys, who are 1-4 in conference and 3-8 overall. A loss for the Rams would mean sharing second place with Utah, but if history repeats itself, that chance is minimal.

When both teams faced each other at the beginning of the season at the

Early Bird Invite, CSU took first in the tournament by outscoring second-place Wyoming by over 500 points. The Rams’ record all-time against Wyoming is 37-1 and they have never lost while defending their home territory.

“We are just going to get out there and race,” head coach John Mattos said. “I made some decisions last week about who will make the conference squad and more decisions will be made against Wyoming.”

The Mountain West Conference Championships will be held on Feb. 19 in Oklahoma City. For the first time ever, the MWC is having both a regular season champion and a conference champion. UNLV took the regular season championship with a perfect 7-0 record, but the team who races the fastest on Feb. 19 will be the conference champion.

“We are pretty confident we can beat Wyoming,” junior Kristen Schneider said. “We still have to prepare for it, but we really want to use it as a stepping stone for the conference finals.”

Since many of the CSU swimmers are at a higher level than Wyoming, Mattos has the freedom to switch around the lineup.

“Hopefully our top swimmers can race in their best events and then we can put them in another event that they are not used to and see how they can do,” Mattos said.

Mattos also realizes that his swimmers have worked hard, having a long season, and he doesn’t want them to be tired for the conference meet.

“We have gotten up for so many meets this season,” Mattos said. “The last thing we want to do is run out of gas when we need it the most.”

Senior Erin Shumway, junior Lori Vigil, and sophomores Kara Crisp and Liz Kidner will look to add more points to the team’s score when they take on the Cowboys in the diving competition. Vigil, a recent recipient of the MWC Diver of the Week, (her third of the year) is expected to dive well.

The meet starts tonight at 5 p.m. at Moby Pool.

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CSU women take winning streak to Wyoming

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Jan 302003
 
Authors: Reed Saunders

Feels like things are finally getting back to where they belong for CSU women’s basketball.

Following a stretch of losses and internal turmoil, the Rams have run off two consecutive convincing victories over conference foes, evening their Mountain West mark to 2-2. The team will look to continue its winning ways Saturday afternoon when it heads north to Laramie to battle Border-rival Wyoming, who also is 2-2 in conference.

Though the Rams (11-7, 2-2) aren’t yet at the top of their game, the general feeling within the team seems to have done a proverbial 180-degree turn from two weeks ago.

“Our confidence level is definitely different,” said Shannon Strecker, the Rams’ senior center. “Coming off two big wins where we played a good game for 40 entire minutes was big for us.”

The game, which tips off at 2 p.m. at Wyoming’s Auditorium Arena, will mark the beginning of a three-game road swing for the Rams, who are getting accustomed to being away from home.

CSU has played just two of seven games in the 2003 calendar year in Moby Arena. The road has not been kind to the Rams thus far this season, where the Rams hold a meager 2-6 mark.

“We talked before the New Mexico and Air Force games how we wanted to get on a roll and use those home games as a springboard,” head coach Chris Denker said. “Hopefully the momentum and confidence we gained from those wins will carry over when we’re on the road.”

Indeed, the Rams’ wins over New Mexico and Air Force were statement wins. For CSU, a team that had been developing a reputation as a “one-half” team, playing games full of streaks and lulls, putting together two of their most complete games of the season couldn’t have come at a better time.

Looking close to surrendering after back-to-back blowout losses at BYU and Utah and the departure of veteran point guard Liz English, the wins showed these Rams had not yet begun to fight.

That fight is far from over, however, and will continue when the Rams and Cowgirls resume their Border War, a rivalry which has been mostly a one-sided affair in recent years with the Rams winning the last 12 contests between the two schools.

Still, the Rams are focusing more on this particular win than any current winning streak.

“We don’t think about things like how many straight we’ve won against them because that’s when you can get in trouble,” said senior forward Ashley Augspurger. “The whole Border War deal is big in any sport. We’re just focusing on what we need to do to win.”

The Rams spent a good portion of practice this week working on breaking a full-court press, something that allowed Wyoming to be successful last weekend.

“We’re not concerned with their press, but we know we have to be ready to deal with it,” Strecker said. “(Full court pressure) is how they really hurt New Mexico and

Air Force.”

A key to breaking that press will be the play of Vanessa Espinoza and Jasai Ferrucho, two of CSU’s main ball-handlers who, thus far, have left little doubt about their ability to fill English’s shoes.

Wyoming is led by senior forward Carrie Bacon, who leads the team with 13.9 points and 6.5 rebounds per game and who also was named the Mountain West Player of the Week last week.

In spite of Bacon’s good numbers, Augspurger said the Rams won’t be focusing on her or any other Cowgirl in particular.

“Our defensive schemes are never about stopping one particular player,” Augspurger said. “We know what she can do, but they have a few others who can hurt you just as much.”

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SAUNDERS: Timberlake, Doc Brown and Clark Kent: the random thoughts return

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Jan 302003
 
Authors: Reed Saunders

Random thoughts while realizing the only cure for my senioritis… is more cowbell.

– When I was a kid, I really wanted this toy everyone else told me was crappy. Friends didn’t like it, parents didn’t like it, but I did. Nothing they could say or do

stopped me from getting that toy, simply because I knew I wanted it from the beginning. Insert Bush for me and war for the toy, and you’ll understand why war with Iraq is inevitable.

– I’ve figured this whole thing out in a nutshell: The US is like the New York Yankees of the world. Yankees fans (US citizens) love their team and know their team is the best.

Yet, much in the same way we all grinned when the Yankees lost in the playoffs last year, the world loves it when we don’t succeed.

– I’ve realized now that I won’t be truly successful as an editorial writer until one of my columns has been guest-produced by Timbaland or The Neptunes.

– Didn’t the whole “Cry Me a River” intrigue lose a little clout when Justin told Rolling Stone that he’ll always love Britney? Say what? Bridges were burned, my ass, Justin. Just when you were climbing out of the bog of boyband land, you’re back to being the same little whipped white boy you were before.

– And really I don’t know what the whole fuss about that song was anyways. Everyone knows that he was just singing about an unfortunate rafting incident he had on the Crimea River outside Istanbul. OK, that was bad.

– Think of the hilarity if Miller Lite girls argued about the REAL benefits of beer: Blurs vision! Makes urine! Blurs vision! Makes urine!

– Speaking of beer, partying at the Super Bowl, I met the two guys who came up with the whole “Twins/Love song” commercial concept for Coors Light. Fun guys who kinda resembled Barry and Ira from “City Slickers.” Further proof that you can’t judge a beer by its bottle.

– Often overlooked in the “biggest movie reaches” department: Superman flying so fast around the world that he not only redirects the earth’s rotation, but reverses time as well. Yeah, sure, Clarkie, and I’m Dr. Emmett Brown.

– And how about “Superman IV”? Superman announces he’s going to rid the world of nuclear weapons and this prompts armies everywhere to immediately shoot their missiles into space?

Is that like flushing your weed down the toilet when you know the cops are coming?

– Two things that always bothered me about “Back to the Future”:

1. When Einstein the dog returns from the inaugural time travel trip one minute ahead, the car is covered with what appears to be dry ice. Doc Brown quickly pulls his hand away, telling Marty, “It’s cold, damn cold!” Yet somehow, in subsequent trips through time, this “coldness” never reappears.

2. Old Man Peabody never reports the “airplane without wings” to any local authorities, even though his entire family is shocked and disturbed and his barn was destroyed by the incoming time machine. For all we know, no one

in Hill Valley ever heard.

– How the hell is Russ still on “The Bachelorette”?

You show me one girl who could stand through weeks of a guy telling her, “There’s a reason we’re together, I know this is meant to be,” and I’ll show you a damned liar. And no, I don’t watch the show.

– There’s happiness, verifiable glee, and then there’s stumbling upon Saved By The Bell reruns after a long night of drinking at 5 a.m. Even Superman would have some serious work cut out for him trying to top that one.

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RODRIGUEZ: I am running for (CSU) president

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Jan 302003
 
Authors: Rod Rodriguez

I am announcing to the world that I am applying to be the next President of Colorado State University.

No, really-I’m not joking.

I’ve made my opinions heard, as most of the campus has over the past couple of weeks, but I have grown tired of talk. It’s time for action. I am going to submit my resume to the Board of Governors for consideration.

The way I see it, if a “non-traditional” candidate must be considered, then I should be that candidate!

Here are my qualifications: I will receive my Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism by May, which seems to be enough education considering at least one of the other candidates. I will also be graduating with five years of experience-leadership experience, no less-at this university.

I co-chaired a student group and have acted as an advisor for the group for the past few years now, and I have fundraising experience! You can’t be president without fundraising experience.

Now I know I haven’t headed any Eastern European banks or anything fancy like that, but I actually have some experience in higher education. I have also made substantial contacts with individuals at the university. If I have questions or need help, I will have a group of trusted individuals to help me make those difficult decisions.

I would also be willing to work for, say, $35,000 a year! That’s pretty cheap for the leader of a major institution of higher education. I would work for much cheaper, but sadly, I can’t afford that. I do need enough to maintain my one-bedroom apartment just down the street from campus. I do think it is a reasonable amount to ask.

I don’t have the backing of a political crony, which seems to help. It’s really nice when someone with way too much political power can over-step boundaries that he or she doesn’t understand to land an ol’ buddy a job. I wish I had someone like that in my life. Maybe I can put a call in to Peggy Reeves? I like her, and I know I can get her to like me, too! Does anyone have Angie Paccione’s phone number?

I also went to every CSU football game this season, even the one against UNLV. I always see President Yates at the games; attendance seems to be pretty important for a president. I was also at the men’s basketball game against New Mexico. I was even on ESPN! I did have a basketball on my head, which I hope doesn’t count against me in the hiring process, but I do have experience on national television.

I will also promise to hire more Republicans. According to our Governor, there need to be more Republicans at our educational institutions, especially in the political science department. We don’t want Democrats teaching impressionable youth to be Democrats. Of course, we could just keep importing our Republican leaders instead of raising them in Colorado. Isn’t it funny that our Governor is a political transplant?

Finally, I am exercising the power I have as a student, and making my voice be heard. I am a power-holder at this university and don’t want to see continuing unnecessary budget cuts, the loss or declination of critical programs and services for students, staff and faculty, and I really don’t want to go back to losing to CU.

Hopefully, as I submit my resume to the Board of Governors (because I really am going to do it) they will understand that there are other “non-traditional” candidates out there who know they are just as qualified to run this university as other candidates, and want that opportunity. And hopefully, as Dr. Yates has done during his tenure, our next president will put some real meaning to the words: I am proud to be a CSU Ram.

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Miller funeral to be held Saturday

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Jan 302003
 
Authors: Collegian Staff

Lacy Miller’s family will hold a memorial service open to the public this Saturday at 1 p.m. at Resurrection Fellowship in Loveland.

Miller, a University of Northern Colorado sophomore, was reported missing Jan. 18 after she did not return home after dropping off a friend in Ram’s Village. On Jan. 22, Jason Clausen was arrested in connection to her disappearance. Her body was found on Sunday.

Miller’s mother, Wendy Cohen, plans to have bagpipes, a choir and video clips to honor her daughter’s life.

“It is going to be big,” Cohen said. “A great send-off for Lacy.”

The church is located at 6502 E. Crossroads Blvd., in Loveland. For directions call (970) 667-5479.

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Traffic lights updates to cause delays

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Jan 302003
 
Authors: Melissa Pester

CSU students and staff commuting by car to campus can expect delays today while the city of Fort Collins Traffic Operations Department closes roads to install its new traffic signal control system.

The installation of the new system will begin today and will continue over the next two weeks as crews from the department work at the intersections selected. The new traffic signal control system includes new cabinets and signal controllers for the selected intersections.

According a prepared statement from the department, the intersections receiving the new system must be turned off for two hours. The Traffic Operations Department assures that traffic will be controlled by police officers during these two hours.

Local drivers should expect delays over the next two weeks as Traffic Operations Department crews install the new equipment at intersections along Harmony Road between Ziegler and Mason and along College Avenue from Kensington to Laurel.

There will also be roadwork along a short section of Horsetooth Avenue from McClelland to College avenues; Drake Road from McClelland to College avenues; Mulberry from Meldrum to Remington; and Remington from Mulberry to Prospect.

These installations are the next step in the $6 million project, which will implement a new advanced traffic management system in the city of Fort Collins. According to the Traffic Operations Department, the new system will provide more control over traffic signals and more reliable timing coordination.

The Traffic Operations Department anticipates this new system to be entirely installed and operational by the end of 2003.

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Sorority rushees look for new houses

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Jan 302003
 
Authors: Monique Lewis

Forty-three girls sat patiently watching a presentation about sorority Greek life on Tuesday evening orientation. Stephanie Scott, sophomore journalism major, follows in the footsteps of her family legacy by joining a Greek community. Scott, among other women, was present at the sorority orientation also to gain new friends and share different experiences.

The orientation was a moment for the women to learn more about what it means to be a Greek and the many opportunities associated with it including leadership, community service, scholarships, jobs and friendships. The orientation was also geared towards erasing common stereotypes about Greeks-hazing and parties catering alcohol.

Immediately after the presentation, the Rho Gammas lead the rushees to the houses to meet the ladies of Kappa Delta and Kappa Alpha Theta, the only chapters participating in formal spring recruitment,

Kappa Delta

“We are a smaller house, one of the advantages is that you get to know each other better and build tighter bonds,” said Jessica Klein, a member of the sorority.

On Wednesday Kappa Delta treated the rushees to a Mexican dinner at their house.

“It’s seems like fun to meet people to check out the house,” said Deserae Frisk, freshman sociology major. “I figured it would be a different experience to meet people and gain connections to the world. Usually, people who join sororities do better in the real world because they actually tried to join something and participate in organizations in college.”

Christy Bradford, freshman English education major, said she isn’t sure if she will rush. Klein invited her to the dinner.

“From what I heard and saw tonight (Kappa Delta) seems different from other sororities,” Bradford said. “I’ve seen the way these girls interact. I know a couple of girls who never want to go home and this seems better.”

Klein said that one of the great things in a sorority is that she could get involved as much or little as she wanted.

“We all go work out together or come in, veggie out and watch a movie,” Klein said. “It’s like immediately you join a sorority and have 30 new best friends. I would encourage people to be open-minded in joining a sorority and not take in to stereotypes. Take a look at sorority life in general, because by taking in stereotypes and not seeing what it’s all about you could really miss out.”

Kappa Alpha Theta

“I liked the girls and got a good impression,” said Ashley Cole, freshman human development major.

Kappa Alpha Theta socialized and played games with their rushees in Ramskeller on Wednesday evening also.

Michelle Shaffer, freshman business finance major, attended because her cousin was in a sorority, who said it was a lot of fun.

“She made lifelong friends and it was an experience she wouldn’t trade,” Shaffer said. “This is my favorite one because I felt when I first walked in I clicked. They have high academic standards and that’s something that’s always really been important to me.”

Molly Smith is a first year member. She said she loves it so far.

“I think it’s awesome,” Smith said. “The girls are amazing women and I can look up to them. They all work very hard in school. They’re very friendly women and can give good advice.”

Lindsay Sell, former Pan-Hellenic president, said she hopes the rushees have fun, enjoy themselves and see what their specific sorority is all about.

“Every sorority has really unique qualities and different attributes,” Sell said. “What stands out is truly the dynamic. I think a lot of women could fit in with a lot of sororities, it’s more about finding the one where you can be comfortable and successful.”

The Office of Greek Life will hand out the bids for all rushees today from noon to 5:00 p.m.

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Black History month filled with events

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Jan 302003
 
Authors: Willow Welter

Saturday commences Black History Month, a month designed to celebrate African-American culture, freedom and accomplishments.

CSU’s Black Student Alliance and other campus organizations have several related events planned throughout the month, including one discussion called “Sex For Chocolate,” several Double-Dutch jump rope matches, a dating game and over two dozen other gatherings.

“(The events) are set up to educate, inform, unite and teach everyone about the dynamics of black past, present, and future,” said Laura Martin, president of Black Student Alliance.

Mayor Ray Martinez plans to initiate Black History Month opening ceremonies on Monday.

The events, celebration and discussions will continue until the closing ceremony on Feb. 28.

In 1926, Carter G. Woodson, an African-American Harvard graduate, declared the second week of February as Negro History Week.

The observed week eventually evolved into Black History Month, which now inspires events and celebration across America each February.

“(Black History Month) recognizes African-Americans that have contributed to America through inventions, through triumph, through education.” said Theresa Grangruth, the administrative assistant at CSU’s Black Student Services.

While the month marks an important period to black people, some also feel it does not sufficiently represent African-American history.

“I don’t think it’s enough, one month,” said Kwami Austin, a junior sociology major. “I don’t think Martin Luther King Jr. Day is enough either.”

Ryon Sibert, a junior speech communication major, agreed.

“It should be celebrated 365 days a year,” Sibert said.

Both students agreed that incorporating black history more into school programs like high school history classes could help a constant recognition of African-Americans become more possible.

“Black History Month is a time to reflect on our ancestors, get together with people in the community and celebrate things that are important to our culture,” said China Hutchins, a freshman open-option student.

Often referred to as “the Father of Black History Month,” Woodson also founded the Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History in 1951.

ASALH, still active in carrying on the legacy of Woodson, announced the theme this year will be “The Souls of Black Folk: Centennial Reflections.”

A book written by W.E.B. DuBois in 1903 inspired this theme. “The Souls of Black Folk” included poetry and songs by African-Americans as well as analysis and thoughts of DuBois, a scholar and author who was often labeled a radical.

Woodson once said the reason he chose February to celebrate black history was because it marked the birthdays of both Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln, two key players in African-American liberation, according to the ASALH.

The sponsors of upcoming events invite everyone to attend.

Info Box:

BLACK HISTORY MONTH EVENTS

Feb.3: Opening Ceremonies with Mayor Martinez. Noon; LSC Sunken Lounge

Sex For Chocolate: Discussions on Abstinence, Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Safe Sex. 7 p.m.; LSC room 220

Feb.4: Successful Careers in a Biased Workplace. Noon; LSC Senate Chambers

Feb. 6: Quilts and the Underground Railroad Presentation. Feel Free to bring a quilt and tell its origin. 1 p.m.; LSC rooms 214-216

Double-Dutch Jump Rope. 4-5 p.m.; 1608 Lancer Drive (Fort Collins)

Feb. 7: Clef Notes Open Mic. Entertainment. 7 p.m.; LSC Commons

Feb. 9: National Pan-Hellenic Council Week Begins. Worship Service location TBA

Feb. 10: Taste of Black Greek History (Soul Food Taster). 7 p.m. Student Rec. Center Lounge; $2 per person

Feb. 12: Soul Food Chat: “Then and Now” with CSU Alums. 1 p.m.; LSC room 204

“Cupid Connection” Dating Game. 7 p.m. LSC room 220

Feb. 13: Reading by Reginald Shepherd, African American Poet. 7 p.m. Hatton Gallery Art Bldg.

Sankofa Discussions Part I. (Black History Month Theme.) Noon: LSC room 214.

Double-Dutch Jump Rope. 4 p.m.; Boys & Girls Club

Feb. 14: Love Smart…Play Safe Information Table. 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; LSC Flea Market

Feb. 15: Skate Night at Roller Land. 8 p.m.; 324 Link Lane (Fort Collins) $4 per person

Feb. 18: Fashion Show: West African Ghanaian clothes and more. 7 p.m. LSC Commons

Feb. 19: AKA Knowledge Bowl. 7 p.m.; LSC rooms 222-224

African American Entrepreneurs Panel Discussion. 4 p.m. Rockwell Hall room 119

Feb. 20: Big XII Conference. University of Oklahoma at Norman

Double-Dutch Jump Rope. 4 p.m.; Boys & Girls Club

Feb. 22: Little Shop of Physics: Exhibits by African American Scientists. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; LSC Middle, West

and East ballrooms

Feb. 23: Gospel Fest. 4 p.m.; LSC Theater (free)

Feb. 24: African-American Movies. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; LSC room 204

Feb. 25: Big XII Post Conference Discussions. Noon; LSC room 204

Feb. 26: Sankofa Discussions Part II. Noon; LSC room 204

Feb. 27: Movie Night/Discussion: “Higher Learning.” 7 p.m.; Durell Center DC Bottoms

Double-Dutch Jump Rope: 4 p.m. Boys & Girls Club

Feb. 28: Black History Month Closing Ceremony. 2 p.m. LSC Second Floor Longs Peak Room (bring your

African American books to donate)

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